Thursday, April 18, 2024

Daytime Emmys: “World Turns” Gets Last Laugh on CBS


CBS may have cancelled the 54 year old soap, “As the World Turns,” but the show got the last laugh at the network’s expense tonight. It picked up three of the four major acting awards for Michael Park, Maura West and Julie Pinson in Best Actor, Best Actress, and Supporting Actress.

Even though CBS carried the Daytime Emmys, they still managed to kick dirt in “World Turns” direction. They ran a sad, minute long tribute to the show rather than focus attention on its cruel exit from TV. The acting awards will be a nice consolation to the cast and crew. But really: this Daytime Emmy show was an ad for Las Vegas. The soaps were an after thought.

If only Procter & Gamble, the main sponsor of “World Turns,” cared about the show.

coincidentally, CBS soaps won all the big awards for the night, including Best Daytime Drama and Best Writing to the otherwise incoherent show “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

For the umpteenth time in a row, the Daytime Emmys screwed Regis Philbin, even though they needed him for ratings as host of the awards show. He lost Best Talk Show to Dr. Oz and Best Talk Show host to Ellen DeGeneres. Boo-hiss. Sorry, Reege, you were robbed!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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